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Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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Fromelles Military Cemetery is a First World War cemetery built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the outskirts of Fromelles in northern France, near the Belgian border. Constructed between 2009 and 2010, it was the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery for more than 50 years, the last such cemeteries having been built after the Second World War. The cemetery contains the graves of 250 British and Australian soldiers who died on 19 July 1916 in the Battle of Fromelles.The bodies were discovered following historical research that included analysis of aerial photographs showing the presence of mass graves on the edge of Pheasant Wood, just outside the village of Fromelles. The presence of the bodies was confirmed in May 2008, and the bodies were recovered during excavation work in 2009. A specially convened Identification Board published a report on 17 March 2010 announcing the first 75 bodies to have been successfully identified using DNA analysis. Further identification will continue until at least 2014.In parallel with the recovery and identification projects, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was asked by the British and Australian governments to construct a new cemetery to house the bodies. Building work on the cemetery began in May 2009, and the main structural elements were completed by January 2010. The dead soldiers were reburied with full military honours in a series of funeral services in January and February 2010. The ceremonial first reburial took place on 30 January 2010.
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  • The story of Pheasant Wood is one of a man's doggedness to finish a story of brave warriors and another groups desire to give remains a name. Visit and read need time to reflect in the museum afterwar...  read more »
  • Our guide Greg Celerse provided us with an excellent understanding of the development of the cemetery, its background and its positioning with respect to the battlefields of Fromelles. The cemetery is...  read more »
  • Nice spot to visit free to enter but 650 for the museum better being a dry day but we'll worth a visit 
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